September 03, 2016

FLASHBACK: Toronto Star writer wants CNE Air Show abolished because it “traumatizes” refugees

Brian LilleyArchive

No, this isn't satire: Writing in the Toronto Star, one Craig Damian Smith, "Ph.D. candidate," says the International Air Show — one of the annual highlights of the city's Canadian National Exhibition — should be cancelled once and for all.

He complains that it is too loud, but more importantly, that many of "our neighbours" who have fled war torn lands might be "traumatized" by this "antiquated" display of military might.

I guess Smith doesn't realize that many of the "neighbours" Smith pretends to care about were liberated by good guys flying jets just like the ones Torontonians will flock to watch on the weekend.

And of course, these same good guys ensure that fools like him have the freedom to write nonsense in the Toronto Star...

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commented 2016-09-05 20:08:11 -0400
Greg Pastic,

Man up already. This may come as a mind blowing shock to you and others but this is a violent and dangerous world. Holding hands and singing Koombaya while sucking back cappuccinos is not going to change that. A strong country with a strong and willing military will. Good G-D Greg, have we not learned anything from our thousands of years of history – evil exists – it isn’t going away any time soon. Attitudes such as yours will guarantee that these dangers are going to come to our doors more and more often. I don’t give a dam about any Islamist Syrian refugee who comes to this country – they are in my country now – start loving it or F—KOff. They are not a proper fit to Canadian Culture and never will be, why are people such as yourself so stupid as to not see this? Fine, you lost someone, this is unfortunate but not exactly a rare event. I’ve lost both my parents – so what – grieving is a part of life – sure a sucky part, but at least we have a free Country in which to do it. If you are so dam upset about the lot of these refugees then why not go over to Syria and offer some support on the ground there? Didn’t think so – easier to smear this countries legacy then to shut up and go to Syria – might open your eyes to what the world is really like.
commented 2016-09-05 11:15:32 -0400
Way to go Brian!
You couldn’t have said it any better to writer Smith at the Toronto ( Red ) Star!
commented 2016-09-05 08:31:23 -0400
@ Greg Pastic commented 10 hours ago
I wish to share a personal story of how the sound of aircraft can cause deep anxiety, panic and sadness. And how the best solution is not always to eliminate the source of our anxiety, but to change the way we perceive it.
Yeah – as an ex search and rescue pilot – and a recently retired F-18 pilot – I look upon it as a couple of pilots and a couple of para medics are risking their lives to save someone.

If the patient dies – so be it – schitte happen.

But in fact they will not die without a whole bunch of effort being made to save them.

If that effort had not been made they would still have been dead.

Those patients WOULD STILL BE DEAD!

Far too many snowflakes in the country – time for them to shut the fu*k up or toughen the fu*k up.

Whiny bull schitte – without that sound there would be a lot more dead in the world.

Seems there are more people out there who need a good hard kick between the legs.

Without those who are willing to risk their lives, this country – which is failing rapidly – would look like the schitte holes they sent us to help. Trillions spent in aid and thousands of Canadian lives lost and those countries are still schitte holes – and now we bring that trash here and try to make our country like the one they left.

Weak, pissy, whiny, snowflakes will live to regret that some day.

I hope I am alive to see it because it will come.
commented 2016-09-05 05:59:49 -0400
When refugees try to remake Canada in their image, the image from which they fled, they are overstepping their welcome.
commented 2016-09-04 22:37:10 -0400
I wish to share a personal story of how the sound of aircraft can cause deep anxiety, panic and sadness. And how the best solution is not always to eliminate the source of our anxiety, but to change the way we perceive it.

Barely two years ago I stood and watched an Orange Air Ambulance helicopter lift off from Port Perry Hospital with my mother en route to Sunnybrook Trauma Centre. Her car had been struck broadside by a dump truck and she was in gravely serious condition. I will leave out the rest of the details, but she did not survive. My family was by her side at Sunnybrook when she died.

I live close to Civic Hospital here in Peterborough and the coming and going of the Air Ambulance chopper is almost a daily event. For several months after her death, each time I heard the Air Ambulance flying overhead, and I mean over our rooftops, I was overwhelmed by anxiety and sadness, and all the images and sounds would come flooding back. Sometimes it was so bad that it made me want to sell my house, just to get away from it.

So, I changed my perception of the sound. Each time I heard it I would stop, go to the window or even go outside and look for it and say to myself “There’s someone in there being saved right now, and that’s a good thing.” I know, it might sound a bit corny or simplistic, but it helped.

Did my anxiety vanish completely? No, but it gradually became easier to manage, and now I can hear the chopper without being overwhelmed by my thoughts and emotions. I empathize deeply with war refugees who feel anxious when they hear the sounds of the Toronto Air show over the lake, but cancelling the air show is not the solution. I don’t mean to trivialize their anxiety in any way (I can’t even begin to imagine what they’ve seen and heard) but maybe a visit to the local library to read up on a bit of the rich Canadian history of aviation, and even a visit to the air show with friends, might go a long way to help turn their anxiety into awe and excitement.
commented 2016-09-04 18:00:38 -0400
Like any toe-tag liberal, Smith would be dead-set against American planes…..God forbid!
And exactly what is a “Ph.D. candidate”? a pseudo-intellectual who tried and failed for a Ph.D.? So the only job he could get was writing for the Toronto Star?
commented 2016-09-04 12:37:52 -0400
Would it be too much to ask that people like Craig Damian Smith be confined to their own separate country somewhere? He pollutes the air we breathe…
commented 2016-09-04 10:53:35 -0400
How about Bombing the Toronto Star with those nasty war planes?
commented 2016-09-04 09:09:33 -0400
@ Paul Gorcey, – at the risk of hijacking this topic I dare you to watch this video:

The Truth About The West Bank – I have personally lived and worked there with the UN – it is accurate despite the media and the liars we call politicians

Never believe a Pallie – they are shunned by their own – they butt up against Jordan and that country refuses to allow them access – never hear about that do you?
commented 2016-09-04 08:53:50 -0400
Hah! " lunatic fringe viewpoints " made my day!
commented 2016-09-04 08:49:46 -0400
Shame on Smith. These people protect him and us while we sleep … or at least they did before our current government.

It does feel like a conspiracy of sorts. The last time I listened to CBC was the day after the election, which was pushing the narrative that Trudeau’s appointment was a victory against “old stock” Canadians. As though our history is like a stale box of cheerios that’s to be tossed away. If you’ve lived here and grown up here, you’re considered old stock and expendable! (Even though you, your parents and t h e i r parents likely paid taxes to make Canada what it is/was).
commented 2016-09-04 06:30:18 -0400
The next headline from this Clown will be “Christianity outlawed to avoid offending new faiths or immigrants”. Slowly but steadily our history is being replaced by the customs of newcomers. According to the CBC, this is necessary so they feel at home. My question is if they really want to feel at home, why didn’t they stay there? I can also answer that. They left for a better life and an extremely small minority want our customs changed to their liking. Most just want to live their lives and keep their faith. The CBC has a problem for every solution and most of their problems are made of a little reality and for the most part, foolish conjectures. So much for democracy, or the majority rules.
commented 2016-09-04 06:28:11 -0400
Paul Gorcey…..200 metres over their houses ……hardly. Paul go to the Transport Canada website and research flying over built up areas .
commented 2016-09-04 05:26:50 -0400
@ Tony Benjamin commented 4 hours ago
Paul Gorcey,

I was a Military Pilot for 35 years. That story is such BS. He had to have stuck his head inside the freakin engine to have done any damage. How stupid are people to believe nonsense like that????
He is from the Pallie territories.

He is an islamic.

He is a liar and a cheat and a thief and wants his neighbours sympathy.

Seems he has managed to manipulate the neighbour to get that sympathy.

Quote – How stupid are people to believe nonsense like that???? – End quote

Canadians are truly the most spoiled, arrogant, entitled and smug people in the world – they will believe anything that comes out of the mouth of someone from the Pallie territories these days. And they will believe everything the cbc, ctv, national post and the globe print in their rags.

Canada is letting Pallies in left and right.

A truly dangerous group of people – that even Egypt and Jordan will not allow in.

So – if their fellow arabs do not want them – why do we?

Well, we have the example of the writer of the initial article as proof of why this country is totally getting fu*ked up – and people actually believe it.

Use Paul Gorcey as the finest example of the spoiled and gullible Canadian who believes this schitte.

Use his POS lying neighbour the islamic liar – who tells the lie that Paul Gorcey believes.

When they come together the lie grows into truth and the entire neighbourhood believes it.

All because Canadians as a whole are truly stupid and low information people and the evil rapefugee welfare recipients called islamics as a whole recognize this and manipulate those Canadians – and it is easily done.
commented 2016-09-04 01:22:52 -0400
Paul Gorcey,

I was a Military Pilot for 35 years. That story is such BS. He had to have stuck his head inside the freakin engine to have done any damage. How stupid are people to believe nonsense like that????
commented 2016-09-03 22:48:48 -0400
PhD candidate in Political Science, now that’s he traumatizing, another worthless education and waste of tax dollars, espousing opinionated nonsense. The next thing to be heard from this guy is “do you want fries with that burger”
commented 2016-09-03 19:50:28 -0400
@ Paul Gorcey commented 2 hours ago
Well, my neighbours are a late 20’s couple from Palestine.
Having lived and worked in the Pally Territories I can tell you that is a line of BS – more likely he was near or even involved in the terrorist attacks – they are and were quite common.

And yeah I have spent a lot of years in war zones.

Do not believe all the stories you hear about that part of the world from the Pally’s – a lot of it was self induced or internally created.

commented 2016-09-03 18:04:30 -0400
The “PhD” must be in advanced sniveling, diaper wetting and scolding straight society.
commented 2016-09-03 17:36:38 -0400
Well, my neighbours are a late 20’s couple from Palestine. Buddy wears a hearing aid because when he was a boy, an Israeli jet screamed nice and low over his neighbourhood and gave him hearing damage. When you talk to him enough, you come to realize that wasn’t the only damage either. Then you have people who have never been in a warzone, who have to blast music so that their dogs don’t shit the living room throughout the Labour Day weekend. So who are these desperate show fans who want to have rocket planes flying 200 m over their houses? Do they know they can just buy Viagra 365 days a year and not have to wait for the air show?
commented 2016-09-03 15:01:41 -0400
Removed for violating rule:Be civil. No personal attacks.
commented 2016-09-03 13:02:18 -0400
commented 2016-09-03 12:45:13 -0400
Craig Damian Smith, “Ph.D. candidate,” What is your minor? Trigger warnings, navel gazing, or basket weaving. You are definitely someone who is educated far beyond your intelligence. I could expect no less coming from that bastion of higher indoctrination U of T.
commented 2016-08-29 21:10:49 -0400
this is a joke right?? I know it says its not satire but you honestly can’t be serious
since when was we forced to watch the Airshow

we are still in Canada right ????
all I can say is wow this guy has a PHD
Now I truly believe most people got a higher education because their parents had the money so they could bore us all to death
or their parents wanted them out of the house
commented 2016-08-29 10:50:44 -0400
Congratulations Mr. Lilley on preparing an article that you probably don’t believe yourself. I LOVE how the media and/or journalist sensationalize their articles to make a mighty buck. How proud your parents must be that you write disrespectful articles on North America’s Armed Forces.
Congratulations on emulating WHY I don’t trust very much any more. IF you are SO offended by our Air Shows, then please take ALL THE REFUGEES with YOU and LEAVE. Enough is Enough with ALL this crap about offending the Refugees. You are OFFENDING ME and I was born here.
commented 2016-08-28 12:17:18 -0400
This is ridiculous that air show is a tradition it goes hand in hand with the cne so you get rid of that I’d say get rid of the whole thing. And actually while we are on this subject of our “neighbors” we were founded As a country celebrating Christmas and now we can’t say merry Christmas in our own country because it might offend people but they chose to come here and if they want to be here and live then they should respect the culture this country was founded on, some Do and they decided that they’ll celebrate it but most don’t cause they got there own form of a holiday.

In the end though any country can be multi-cultural and shit but if our traditions offend them so we can’t do them why the fuck can they continue there traditions
commented 2016-08-28 03:14:54 -0400
commented 2016-08-27 23:46:31 -0400
The dude give a bad name to higher education and academics and evidence based solutions as opposed to his stupid OPINION…his remarks have nothing to do with even an educated OPINION..
commented 2016-08-27 13:51:13 -0400
Lawn mowers and leaf blowers should be banned. When my kid was a toddler she cried whenever they heard one. A barbaric, backwards friend suggested I work with my child on ways to cope with loud noises, while exposing her gradually to lawnmowers and weed whacker noise. It’s clearly not the reasonable way to go, therefore I propose power tools banned.
commented 2016-08-27 12:06:34 -0400
I know of no cases in Europe where the liberated countries were traumatized by an air show. It is not the glorification of war but a tribute to the brave souls who risked and continued to risk their lives so we can live in freedom including those who choose to reduce their sacrifice as a celebration of barbarism.
commented 2016-08-27 10:55:40 -0400
I really hope Toronto ends this disgusting exhibition of flying death machines! The glorification of war and its tools is not acceptable in such a modern and sophisticated metro! Like the floating instrument of death that was formerly at Ontario Place, it needs it’s welcome revoked! I suggest that just like the historic H.M.C.S. Haida, Toronto should send the CIAS over to Hamilton where it will be appreciated by the neanderthal citizens like myself whom celebrate barbarism! (We’ve even got a Warplane Heritage Museum!)
P.S.- If you’re getting rid of the cannons at Fort York, we’ll take them too!